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hydropericardium


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n. accumulation of a clear serous fluid within the membranous sac surrounding the heart. It occurs in many cases of pericarditis (hydropericarditis). If the heart is compressed the fluid is withdrawn (aspirated) via a needle inserted into the pericardial sac through the chest wall (pericardiocentesis). See also hydropneumopericardium.

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